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Portland feels like a "creative" neighbourhood joint in the middle of town: wooden tables are cosily positioned to create hubbub, "exuberant" staff are just the right side of friendly, and it's the kind of place that begs a return visit. We'd recommend scoffing a few "divinely moreish" pig's head croquettes while you peruse the short seasonal menu – an ever-changing assortment of Anglo-European dishes with eclectic overtones. A starter of charred brassicas with a smoky egg emulsion evokes the last open fires of winter, the huge venison Wellington looks mightily impressive, while a dish of earthy wood pigeon with myriad mushrooms comes bathed in fragrant smoked-onion 'tea' poured from a pot. We're also fans of the creamy, citrusy rice pudding with Seville orange and London-honey ice cream – a world away from schoolroom stodge. Meanwhile, an enthusiastic sommelier is ready to advise on the fascinating wine list. "Great stuff all round", concludes one fan.
I got an artichoke as a gift last week at a wine event. Few things prepared me for how charmed I would feel by it, but life in London is full of lovely little surprises like that. And its always a surprise to walk into fun evenings like Square Meal‘s dinner to discover Loire Valley Wines at Portland Restaurant. (More on the artichoke later.) It has been over ten years since I visited the Loire Valley, but my memory conjures up images of elegant stone castles, refined gardens and crisp country air. We traveled in the footsteps of Francois I (as you do in the Valley, for the French king was essentially as influential...
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Last week I was fortunate to receive an invite from Square Meal to attend a wine tasting dinner at Portland restaurant in association with Loire Valley Wines. Street Vin’s Ruth Spivey and the Square Meal team paired up to host the evening, which was a huge success, drinkathon & feast.Portland is a relatively new restaurant, opening only at the start of this year. As a joint venture between two tremendous chefs, previously at the Quality Chop House and 10 Greek Street, it is unsurprising that they have chosen to adopt a seasonal ‘best of British’ menu “based on the best produce that they can find”, with a...
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Last week, I found myself in Portland's private dining room sandwiched between a table full of chatty and excitable food bloggers and several glasses of delicious wines from Loire Valley Wines. We'd all been invited by Square Meal to try a selection of Loire Valley's best wines paired with a carefully curated seasonal menu from Portland.With hardly any room on the long table to spare for our DSLRs and phones, we listened attentively as Ruth Spivey of Street Vin introduced the pretty pink Rosé d'Anjous and Touraine Sauvignon Blancs we'd be sampling that evening and how they'd work with the different courses...
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I had heard positive things about the newly opened Portland restaurant, so it seemed the perfect venue to try for a recent girls’ night out. Great Portland Street has improved steadily over the years but is still under represented by good restaurants so I was interested to see whether Portland would help to redress that.Portland occupies the site of a former shop and has good frontage with floor to ceiling windows. It seats forty five and was almost full when we visited. At the back is a theatre style kitchen that was a hive of activity...
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So if you know me well, or spotted me with a wine funnel down my throat or face planted on a kerb somewhere in Soho – you’ll know my day job is working in wine. I got in to the wine industry about eight years ago now after a redundancy and decided a change from accounting was in order. I got a Sunday job at my local Wine Rack (which went into administration) while I searched for work, but then something miraculous happened – I fell in love with wine and studied it for five years. Admittedly I didn’t even like wine back then, except the sickly sweet Blossom Hill White Zinfandel (a wine I now despise). So when I got...
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So i’m pleased to report, that Dips Dines finally made it to Portland. This restaurant, a joint project concocted by Will Lander (previously at The Quality Chop House) & Daniel Morgenthau (previously at 10 Greek Street), had been on my hit list ever since it opened in January this year – it’s just that every time I decided to go, the timing was very last minute & the restaurant was fully booked. I can now see why.We showed up for our late dinner booking on a Saturday night and smiling, happy faces greeted us as we stepped inside. It did make me stop & appreciate the fact that there’s nothing like a warm,...
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Portland is located at 113 Great Portland Street – it’s not an area I’m very well acquainted with, so I’d never come across it before. And you might not notice it – it’s one of the numerous bars and restaurants on Great Portland Street, but it doesn’t sound as though it needs to stand out. After opening earlier this year, it seems to be doing very well indeed. They adapt their menu to use the freshest seasonal ingredients possible, serving lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday.The evening was hosted by Loire Valley Wines and we were treated to six different wines from Touraine and Anjou, which were introduced...
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Giles Coren recently reviewed Portland, Great Portland Street’s new culinary adornment. So wonderful was his experience that he claimed it to be “a perfect restaurant”. I tweeted this on my way to dinner there, only to have him sardonically (and mistakenly) reply that I had misquoted by using the definite article rather than the indefinite. His keen eye for detail may have been put to better use in his restaurant critique – “perfect”, with or without the definite article, is not a term to be so liberally bandied about...
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Every now and then a particular dish pings ferociously into the stormy eye of the capital’s culinary zeitgeist. In 2014, it was *those* crab donuts at Chiltern Firehouse flooding instagram and Twitter feeds, knocking out any news of the Ebola crisis or Lindsay Lohan’s exploits. Earlier this year *that* green matcha soft serve French toast from Shackafu ensured social media feeds were mint tinged. The pretty 1970s willow patterned plate holding this unexpectedly delicious dessert, had a resurgence in popularity and hipsters across the city wiped out meagre supplies held in charity shops.
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It’s Friday lunchtime and Portland is packed. It’s been this way for the three and a half weeks since opening the waitress tells me, due, in part, to a five-star review from Timeout’s Richard Ehrlich who deemed the latest restaurant from Will Lander and Dan Mortengau of the Quality Chop House and 10 Greek Street respectively, a place of pure ‘astonishment’.The upside of this is that, surely, I was in for a treat. The downside: I’m left tableless, perched on a stool with the glass fronting inches from my nose, my back to the restaurant, looking out on a rather unremarkable stretch of Great Portland Street and...
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Portland, Great Portland Street – I feel rather handicapped when I am out blogging without my blog photographer. He’s got the technical skills, an eye for photography (especially the food style that I want) plus great knowledge in wine – he too was slightly disappointed that he had prior engagements and had to miss this event. So, when there is a blogger event which I have to attend alone, I do not feel entirely comfortable. Anyhow for the love of food and wine I attended a Square Meal and Loire Valley Wine food and wine tasting evening at Portland Restaurant.
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I’ve been dying to try Portland Restaurant since it opened months ago. Not just because critics and friends were raving about it, but also because the concept seemed very fun. Small menu, affordable and in a modern, casual setting. Sadly, actually going was a comedy of errors. I don’t even remember how many times I had to cancel, as every single time I booked a table (and they are not easy to come by), something happened. F
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